While Houston is known for its unique array of vintage clothing stores and boutiques, a typical complaint heard from avid shoppers is how overpriced they are. While that ’90s “Clueless” dress is your style or that ’80s tie-dye T-shirt would be perfect in your wardrobe, the $50 price tag is uncool and inexcusable. As quickly as you pick those clothes up from off the rack, one quick glance at the price has you putting it back faster than The Flash can run. A little-known vintage wholesaler, however, offers an oasis to people who would rather not sift through hundreds of boring, secondhand mall clothes from the Goodwill, only to find less than five vintage items. This vintage wholesaler, called Top Vintage — a candy store for local vintage fashion fans and thrifters — opens up once a month every last Saturday to the public.
Mind Shrine performing at Top Vintage’s Last Saturdaze | Tiffany Brown/Cooglife
Top Vintage calls their event “Last Saturdaze.” Shoppers can sift through large bins of assorted vintage threads in their warehouse or comb through hand-picked clothing hanging on racks at the front of the store. Buyers can find a full vintage wardrobe for less than $100, a veritable far cry from spending $30 on a single tee at other retailers. Without charging a vendor fee, the business also hosts local merchants, who sell their handmade jewelry, shirts and other goods in the midst of vintage goodies. The wholesaler also provides a platform and exposure to local bands like Mind Shrine, texture:Yellow and DJ’s looking for exposure and experience.
A customer trying on a vintage Member’s Only jacket | Tiffany Brown/Cooglife
Their support of local Houston talent doesn’t stop there. Recently, they used their Last Saturdaze event to accept clothing donations for the victims of Hurricane Harvey and donated their clothing to local shelters. Though the wholesaler is a business and their prices are a steal, their support and love of Houston knows no bounds.